Lahore: A Pakistani court has granted
protective bail to Punjab Prosecution Secretary Rana Maqbool
Ahmad, a former police official who was allegedly involved in
torturing President Asif Ali Zardari when he was in police
custody in 1999.
Ahmad, a former chief of police in Sindh province,
allegedly tortured Zardari when he was arrested after the
ouster of the government headed by his slain wife Benazir
Bhutto in 1996.
Ahmad was named a "proclaimed offender" in a case by
a court in Karachi.
Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry of the Lahore High
Court yesterday granted Ahmad protective bail for two weeks to
enable him to appear in the court in Karachi without being
An FIR was registered at the Artillery Maidan police
station in Karachi on February 9, 2005 against former Senator
Mian Saif-ur-Rehman, his brother Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, former
Sindh police chief Rana Maqbool Ahmad, former DIG Farooq Amin
and then SP of the Karachi Central Jail, Najaf Mirza, on the
charge of torturing Zardari.
Though his counsel, Ahmad told the Lahore High Court
that he was falsely implicated in the case, which was based on
political victimisation and mala fide intentions.
Ahmad pointed out that the FIR was lodged six years
after the incident allegedly occurred.
Ahmad said he had appeared in court to defend his
However, a court in Karachi declared him a proclaimed
offender and issued a warrant for him, he said.